My local Tesco serves both an area of £1m homes and a council estate. So far they haven't started security-tagging the meat, but I expect it's just a matter of time. And it strikes me as a bit pointless, anyway; if someone is desperate enough to steal a joint of beef, surely they're desperate enough to pull it out of its cling-film and tagged wrapping and drop it into their pocket?
I suspect we'll see the return of the butcher's counter before long, with its own till and an actual butcher who can slice you some pork chops with kidney in (how long since you saw those in a supermarket?) or a few pounds of skirt for a Goulash. Good.
Now they just need to deal with the egg-swappers. And I can't quite understand why the Malibu, Southern Comfort and Vodka bottles are tagged but the vintage port and single malts aren't - are the underclass supposed to be unable to fashion a taste for Laphroaig?